Tarma: She was one of the Shin'a'in sword-sworn - the most elite of all warriors, and she had taken blood vengance upon the brigands who massacred her people.
Kethry: She fled her oppressive arraged marriage and became a powerful sorceress of the Wite Winds School, only to be bonded to a uniquely magical sword which drew her to women in need.
Bound together by sword-spell and the will of the Goddess, Tarma and Kethry swore a blood oath to carry on their mutual fight against evil and injustice.
Now they have pledged to train others to fight for their cause, starting a new school for young, would-be warriors and fledgling White Winds mages. But trainign young fighters and wizards turns out to be far more complicated and perilous than they expected - and when two of thier prize students are kidnapped, Tarma and Kethry must draw upon all of their combined skills to answer the call of their destiny in ways they never imagined!
The contents of Oathblood are:
- Introduction (Originally published in Oathblood)
- Sword-sworn (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress III)
- The Making of a Legend (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VI)
- Keys (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress V)
- A Woman's Weapon (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress IX)
- The Talisman (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VII)
- A Tale of Heroes (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress IV)
- Friendly Fire (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress X)
- Wings of Fire (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VIII)
- Spring Plowing at Forst Reach (Originally published in Oathblood)
- Oathblood (Originally published in Oathblood)
Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born 1950) is an American writer of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores.
Her other main world is one much like our own, but it includes clandestine populations of elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings. The Bedlam's Bard books describe a young man with the power to work magic through music; the SERRAted Edge books are about racecar driving elves; and the Diana Tregarde thrillers center on a Wiccan who combats evil.
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